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Last hurrah for Yulo

Nelson Beltran - The Philippine Star
Last hurrah for Yulo
Gymnast Carlos Yulo
STAR / File

TOKYO, Philippines — Gymnast Carlos Yulo is set to perform his last act in the Tokyo Games tonight at the Ariake Center – one shot at glory that he’s determined to deliver.

Missing the final in his pet event floor exercise, Yulo seeks redemption in the vault to bring joy and cheers to the nation as he did in his storybook floor exercise triumph in the world championships in 2019.

Technique, execution and landing in two vaults will determine Yulo’s fate.

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP)president Cynthia Carrion-Norton said Yulo will have a chance to medal if his feet “stick” on the mat in landing.

“The technical people told me that as long as Caloy sticks to the floor and he doesn’t go (wobbling), and then gets that difficulty score in two vaults, he has a shot,” said Carrion-Norton.

The GAP chief said the target is at least 5.60 each in degree of difficulty.

Carrion-Norton said Yulo usually gets 5.60 in his first vault but goes down to 5.20 in the second.

The issue is the landing.

Carrion-Norton said she has talked to their Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama, telling him: “Coach Mune, try to make both 5.60.

“And stick to the floor! I don’t care if you use glue as long as Caloy sticks to the floor.”

Yulo was No. 6 in the qualifying with a total score of 14.712.

Korean Shin Jeahwan was No. 1 with 14.866, followed by Armenian Artur Davtyan (14.866), Russian Nikita Nagornyy (14.783), Turkish Adem Asil (14.766) and another Russian Denis Abliazin (14.733). Also making the final are Brazilian Caio Souza (14.700) and another Turkish Ahmet Onder (14.466).

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